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Hope for the Suffering Ecosystems of Our Planet

The Contextualization of Christological Perichoresis for the Ecological Crisis

Iohanna Sahinidou

The author reclaims the patristic Christological use of perichoresis by showing how in bringing together different entities, such as God and Nature in unity as the one person of Christ, we can acknowledge the perichoresis between divine human and nature. Christological perichoresis supports the idea that the whole creation is included in God’s recreated cosmos, in response to the redeeming power of Christ who entered the web of life as a creature. Trinitarian relationships bear a Christological message for intentional openness towards the «other». Thus ecofeminism can be considered from a Christian view, realizing Christ’s «cosmic» role in the salvation of the entire cosmos.
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Acknowledgements

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I am deeply indebted to:

My family: my husband John and my children Myrto, Charilaos, Theofilos and Kyriakos who supported me in various ways.

The Greek Evangelical Church, my home church, where I belong and I was raised.

The Presbyterian Church (USA) for offering me financial assistance for three years and accepting me as an International Leadership Development scholar.

Professor Dimitrios Oikonomou (Byzantinist, Oxford), who was encouraging me in the first steps of my studies for a PhD and edited some of my texts.

Theologian Dimitris Voliotis, who introduced me to the work of Jürgen Moltmann.

Rev. Meletios Meletiadis, pastor of the GEC-Volos, Moderator of the GS of the GEC and Rev. Dr. Panagiotis Kantartzis, pastor of the 1st GEC, who were always encouraging me.

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